By Ryan Velez
Divorce is a very expensive thing, as Nas is finding out. TMZ reports that his ex-wife Kelis is demanding a great deal more in child support, but the reasons why aren’t exactly clear.
The story comes from court documents saying that the current $8,000 that Nas is providing in child support isn’t enough to cover the needs that their child, 8-year old Knight, has. The original amount was created 5 years ago, and Kelis says that Nas has more money now than he does then, making it possible to cover various expenses.
“She’s not specific as to how much more she wants, but whatever she gets, she wants add-ons to the base … namely, 50% of school-related costs, 50% of any childcare Kelis needs, and 50% of unreimbursed health care.
The judge has yet to rule,” TMZ reports.
“The child support order in this case has been in place since our son was approximately 3 years old. He is now 8 years old. His needs and expenditures have materially changed since the Judgment has been entered. I am informed and believe that Respondent’s income today would support a child support order in excess of $8,000 per month,” 38-year old Kelis stated in the document. She is currently enlisting an accountant to determine exactly how much he makes. Separated in 2009, the two are expected to appear in court together in early April.
How much he makes will probably be the deciding factor in whether or not Nas has to pay that money. Here’s a breakdown of how child support is calculated by SupportPay:
“But there’s another question we hear often – what is the average child support payment? Like any average, there is going to be a lot of variability. There are those who simply don’t have enough income to pay much in child support. There are others who are more well off, with a lot of income. Typically, however, there is a way to calculate child support. Using the Child Support Guidelines, a court will look at your “adjusted” gross income (your gross income minus any deductions for, e.g., taxes). By taking your “adjusted” gross income, the court then multiplies it by the guideline percentage for the number of children for which you must support. So if your annual income is $15,000, and you have one child to support, you will be paying 17% of your income. Per month this nets out to $212.50 a year, or $2,550 a year.
But on average, the latest statistic we have available comes from the 2010 Census. According to the Census Bureau Reports, the average monthly child support payment is $430. But again, this is just an average, and shouldn’t be used as a guideline to understand how much you will be paying, or should pay, in child support.”